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Manorial Records: An Introduction to Their Transcription and Translation - Denis Stuart

Chichester: Phillimore & Co. Ltd., 1992, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

Contains: Frontispiece; Appendices [3];

From the cover: “The Manor was for centuries the main unit of local government and virtually the only source of written local records. Once the local or family historian has taken his researches back beyond the mid-16th century, manorial records must be the greatest hope for information, while as late as the 18th century they can continue to provide a major source of evidence for those able to transcribe and, if necessary, translate them.

Surprisingly, this new book is the first, full-length modern manual to offer a structured and comprehensive guide to their use. It is aimed at students of local history and genealogists who wish to improve their research skills and extend their ability to handle medieval documents. It explains the nature and Latin vocabulary of manorial court rolls, rentals and extents, accounts and custumals. It gives guidance — and practice — in the translation of transcribed documents, with and without abbreviations, and provides more than thirty reproductions of actual manuscript documents in a variety of hands, from the mid-12th to the 18th century. Full answers to all exercises are given, together with a glossary of all the words normally found in manorial records, plus lists of declensions and conjugations and further palaeographic aids.

In the compilation of this important and long-needed guide, the author has drawn on over thirty years’ experience in teaching Latin for local history and of research into manorial records. It breaks new ground and fills the last great gap that remained in the record user’s armoury of practical guides to the whereabouts and use of historical source material. It will be warmly welcomed by researchers in general and by local and family historians in particular.”

Size: 10" x 7½". Orange boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [VIII] 120 pages.

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